Robert Nelson

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Template:TOCnestleft Robert (Bobby) M. Nelson is a Pasadena activist.

Infiltrating the Dems

Help DSA-LA Take Over ADEMS!

Every two years, California Democrats elect delegates from across the state, who then convene along with appointed party officials at the party’s Assembly District Election Meeting (ADEMS). ADEMS determines what the party stands for, making this a significant opportunity for socialists to push the California Democratic Party to the left and away from the interests of union busters, the landlord lobby, fossil fuel polluters, the corporate hospital and pharmaceutical lobby, the prison industrial complex, the corporate donor class, and others that stand against our values.

Our members are running for ADEMS delegate seats so that we’re in the room when the Democratic Party sets its agenda and makes decisions on endorsing candidates for public office. We’re fighting for issues that matter to the working class in California, like Medicare for All, Green New Deal, and Defunding the Police.

The DSA members listed below (in alphabetical order by first name) are running for ADEMS delegate seats on slates across LA County and have pledged to fight for our democratically-decided socialist values.

Assembly District 41 - Elizabeth Trejo, Ellen Dalbey Finkelpearl, John Doyle, Jordan Vannini, Joshua Ulises Marmol, Marguerite Renner, Mindy Pfeiffer, Patricia Hernandez, Robert M. Nelson, Ryan Bell, Savanna Salter, Stephanie Schoen, Steven Gibson, Susan Castagnetto.

Supporting Bernie working group

In July 2019 Over 25 members in good standing of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America submitted a proposal to form a new working group to support Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential primary campaign to DSA-LA’s Steering Committee by way of regular processes.

They were Kyle G., Steve Couch, Katrina Bergstrom, Marlin Medrano, Gabe Gabrielsky, Olivia Gamboa, Jorge Gamboa, Staci O’Neal-Robinson, Erin O’Neal-Robinson, Casey Ramirez, Erika Alvarez, Victor Alvarez, Alex Wolinetz, Ezra Pugh, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Simone Baptiste, Arun Ravendhran, John Seeley, Barry Eidlin, Tej Bhakta, Ryan Andrews, Eric Pierce, Jonathan Koch, Angelica Duenas, Alice Brown, Jeanna Harris, Francisco C, Robert Nelson, Marguerite “Peggy” Renner, Nancy Kim, Joshua Goodman, Amy Clark, Paloma Nafarrate, Wendy Ruiz, Charles Du.[1]

Standing for AD 41

In 2019 Robert Nelson stood from AD 41 for the California Democratic Party Central Committee.



  • B.S. Physics. City College of New York, 1966
  • M.A. Astronomy Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • PhD. Planetary Astronomy University of Pittsburgh
  • Post-doc. National Academy of Sciences Resident Research Associate, JPL



Founding Member


Socialist Community School

In 1979, Robert Nelson was a teacher at the Socialist Community School.[3]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Bobby Nelson led a workshop entitled Nuclear War in your Home Town at the 10th Convention of the New American Movement. The convention was held in a union headquarters in Chicago and ran from July 29 - August 2, 1981.[4]

Tribute to Ben Dobbs

On Sunday, June 7, 1981, the Los Angeles Chapter of the New American Movement sponsored a Tribute to Ben Dobbs for "His lifelong commitment to socialism". The event was held at the Miramar-Sheraton Hotel, Santa Monica, California. Sponsors of the event included Robert Nelson.[5]

Los Angeles DSA member

Circa late 1980s Los Angeles DSA brochure

Peace activist Robert M. Nelson, has been a member of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America.

Los Angeles DSA meeting

On April 8, 1988 Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America convened a meeting at the Workmen's Circle West Los Angeles "Action for Jackson, where does he stand? Where will it lead? - A political analysis of the Jesse Jackson for President campaign, with its possibilities, perils, and promise for the Left."




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  3. Socialist Community School Committee list, Fall 1979
  4. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  5. Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981